Lapis Lazuli

Blue mineral, used since ancient times for ornamental purposes. It consists essentially of the mineral lazurite, containing small amounts of calcite, pyroxene, and other silicates. Small particles of pyrite, giving the appearance of gold like specks disseminated through the blue mineral, are characteristically associated with it. 

Lazurite has a complicated chemical composition; it is essentially a sodium alumininum sulfosilicate. It varies in color from deep azure blue to greenish blue, is translucent, and it has a vitreous luster. The mineral crystallizes in the cubic system, commonly occurring in compact, small rounded masses. The hardness ranges from 5 to 5.5 and the specific gravity ranges from 2.4 to 2.45. 

Lapis lazuli has been used since ancient times for mosaics and other inlaid work, carved ornaments, vases, and other ornamental objects. It is also cut cabochon as a gem. It was formerly ground and used as a pigment called ultramarine, but has been replaced by artificial ultramarine. An imitation of lapis lazuli, obtained by staining cracked quartz is known as Swiss lapis. The mineral jasper when stained blue, is called German or blue onyx.

Magic & Myth

Sacred to the Goddess Isis, this stone was prized by the Ancient Egyptians and holds the energy of a star-studded sky, limitless in its wisdom. Lapis provides mental clarity and objectivity; it assists in awaking the third eye and for tapping into your intuition and strengthen psychic abilities. Lapis is also connected with Jupiter and thus expand intellect, wisdom and leadership qualities as well as helping in legal matters. The stone works as a shield from psychic attack. It is used to relieve insomnia and let go of anxieties.